Thursday, April 24, 2014

James FellaGiveaway Pile, February 2014, excerpt (16:00)

A trailer of sorts for a LP+2xC90 cassettes+zine box-set released in a limited edition of 24 copies by Gilgongo Records, the label operated by Arizona-based noisician James Fella. Despite its clumsiness, general amateurism and excessive length, the film proves a genuine eulogy to the vinyl format and the kinetic potential of the black record and turntable. With its sacred undertones, the beautiful, serene music – ripped from the one-sided, lathe cut LP– adds a kind of hymnal quality to the film.

You can stream the LP plus the two C90 cassettes on Mixcloud – more than 3 hours of music.

via Cacophony

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Raymond Gervais12+1=, sound installation for 13 turntables and world music records, Galerie Media, Montreal, 1976 [more info: EN | FR ]

As spotted at the exhibition Get Hold of This Space (Part 1),
curated by Barbara Fischer and Catherine Bédard,
at Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, Feb. 9– April 25, 2014 
(see YouTube trailer)

Robert Racine – 14-hour long performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations at Vehicule Art gallery, Montreal, 1978 (excerpt on YouTube)

As spotted at the exhibition Get Hold of This Space (Part 1),
curated by Barbara Fischer and Catherine Bédard,
at Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, Feb. 9– April 25, 2014 
(see YouTube trailer)

Jean-Marie DelavalleUne demi-heure, artist record, 1973

As spotted at the exhibition Get Hold of This Space (Part 1),
curated by Barbara Fischer and Catherine Bédard,
at Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, Feb. 9– April 25, 2014 
(see YouTube trailer)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Voiceover (Marc Matter) L’oeil Ecclatante, excerpt (5:45)
From the CDr published by Chocolate Monk, UK, 2013

Nuanced musique concrète and sound poetry piece performed using recordings of his own voice on vinyl manipulated on various turntables by German Marc Matter, a member of Institut für Feinmotorik.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Peter AblingerQuadraturen IIIf: A Letter from Schönberg, 1996

Reading piece with computer-controlled player piano after a letter written by Schönberg to a US record company A&R manager, presumably after 1949. On the Quadraturen series, see here.


Friday, April 18, 2014

The Guardian.comThe 101 Strangest Records on Spotify, 2012–2014

Started in July 2012, this ongoing series by British music reviewer Rob Fitzpatrick just reached #70 last April 2, 2014. Despite its enticing title, the selection embarks some pretty ordinary music – namely, under-the-radar krautrock, funk, hip hop or prog rock releases–, but occasionally points out to more adventurous recordings by the likes of Ákos Rózmann, Joe McPhee, The Shadow Ring or John Appleton. Granted, subscription is compulsory to access these musics and the entire project looks like mere lip service to an iTunes competitor, but it is still nice to see the common layman exposed to uneasy music.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bill FontanaDesert Surroundings, 2014

Pictures from the catalogue published on the occasion of Bill Fontana’s participation to the Abu Dhabi Festival in Qatar and his specially commissioned sound installation Desert Surroundings exhibited at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, March 21 to April 20, 2014. The installation is based on recordings from the Sheikh Zayed Bridge and singing sand dunes from the Abu Dhabi desert. [for more info, see the Gulf News

High resolution, bilingual English/Arabic catalogue available as a free PDF here.

[Thanks Goran for the link]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ensemble Opus Posth,, Russian Federation, 2000.
Vladimir Martynov in Romania, 1977 [source]

Vladimir MartynovA-A-A O-O-O Eh-Eh-Eh EE-EE-EE OO-OO-OO,
from the Night in Galicia CD, published by CCn’C Records, Germany, 2000
Interpreted by
Ensemble Opus Posth.
Based on lyrics by
Velimir Khlebnikov.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Michael CloughFor Alvin Lucier (1969), zine, published by miniMA, UK, April 2014

A graphic emulation of the cumulative effect of Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in a Room by British musician, photographer and zine publisher Michael Clough. Another visual interpretation of the same piece was Mary Lucier’s own photo series I posted a while back.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Hand-drawn poster for a 2-days GRM festival titled 30 heures avec le Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l’ORTF (or, 30 hours with the ORTF’s GRM) – as part of the Journées de Musique Contemporaine festival in Paris, 20–28 October 1969. The Journées… was an important contemporary music festival held from 1968 to 1972 and directed by Maurice Fleuret. The GRM concerts took place at Maison de l’ORTF, the French national radio. The program offered several world premieres and the inclusion of composers not generally associated with the GRM like Jacob Druckman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Martin Davorin-Jagodić or Heinz Holliger.

[Full program here]

Detailed program:

23 octobre 1969

  • 14h00 – Oeuvres electroacoustiques
    ”des studios de Paris, Cologne, Milan, Munich, New York. Tokyo, Utrecht Varsovie, et Computer Music“
  • 18h30 – Oeuvres mixtes
    (K. Stockhausen: Solo ; I. Malec: Lumina
    J. Druckman: Animus III ; G. Reibel: Carnaval)
  • 20h30 – Oeuvres pour bande
    (A. Paccagnini: Partner ; G. Reibel: Vertiges ; L. Ferrari: Music Promenade ; B. Parmegiani: Thalassa)
  • 23h30 – Nuit Blanche – Musiques en action
    (B. Parmegiani: Jazzex ; A. Savouret: Kiosque ; E. Canton: Mangés par une espèce de serpent ; Jagodic: Action pour un pianiste ; Chemirani: Improvisations au zarb ; E. Pagaya: Facettes, ballet music by P. Schaeffer ; Groupe d’Expression directe de ChâteauvalIon ; Bel Canto Choir de Stockholm: Moving Music)

24 octobre 1969

  • 10h30 – Films
    Films de Borowczyk. Brissot, Fores, Jeannessort Kamler, Lepeuve, Petit, Lapoujade, Rouxel. avec des musiques de Bayle, Cohen-Solal. Ferrari, Henry, Malec, Parmegiani, Philippot. Schaeffer)
  • 16h30 – Pierre Schaeffer, conference: “De l’expérience musicale à l’expérience humaine”
  • 18h30 – Musiques éclatées
    Directed by François Bayle with Rufus and the Bel Canto Choir of Stockholm.
  • 20h30 – Concert collectif
    (François-Bernard Mâche: Synergies ; Philippe Carson: Collages ; François Bayle: Pluriel ; Luc Ferrari: Composé Composite ; Ivo Malec: Sigma ; Heinz Holliger: Siebengesang)

Pictures from the Revue Musicale, special issue on Recherche Musicale au GRM, Paris, 1986

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jean-Claude Eloy – hand-drawn music on the UPIC system at Iannis Xenakis’ CEMAMu electronic studio, Paris, 1978–83.

From: Electra: L’électricité et l’électronique dans l’art du XXe siècle, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1983

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sticking It To You

Some CD reviews by Collin J. Rae on colored sticky notes.
I love the way these hand-written, first person write-up remarks look like personal recommendations.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Steve Roden - Translations & articulations, catalogue+CD, limited to 966 copies, Griffin Contemporary Exhibitions, Venice, CA, 1997